Girl Scouts add Commemorative Badge

L to R: Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day visits made by members from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Marie Vesley, Baseemah Cumberbatch-Smith, Kai Cumberbatch, Elsa Kinnear with Delegate Jay Jones serving Norfolk Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg from Henrico

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recently joined other councils who serve girls in Virginia to annually host the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond, Virginia. Both leadership and Girl Scouts traveled to meet with legislators with a goal to have Girl Scouts viewed as a thought leader and expert on girl policy issues.

During the experience, a ceremony was held to introduce a new statewide Girl Scout patch, the “Explore American Evolution, Virginia to America Girl Scout patch”. Created in collaboration with the Commemoration agency, this patch helps Girl Scouts discover, connect and take action in recognition of the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia which continue to define America.

“The 2019 Commemoration is thrilled to be partnering with the Girl Scouts to empower women and girls to educate themselves on our shared history and shape our future. The American Evolution Explore patch is one of the ways we are committed to telling the untold and under-told stories of Virginia history and inspiring the next generation of leaders,” said Kristin Ritchey, former Girl Scout and Statewide Engagement Coordinator with American Evolution.

L to R: Ms. Nikki Williams, Delegate Turpin, Ms. Tracey Keller, Ms. Kristin Ritchey, and Ms.Mary Fuller

This Colonial Coast troop mirrored their trip on the actions of the Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, a troop of all female members of Congress who advocate on behalf of girls. Just as national representatives are inspiring role models for Girl Scouts within the nation, our state legislators and policymakers can impact girls’ lives in so many ways.

The Scouts worked to bring attention to the need for:

  • Increased girls’ involvement in STEM
  • Strengthening of girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills
  • Expanded access to outdoor experiences and ways to prevent relational aggression
  • Improved ways to build healthy communications within our schools and communities

In addition to speaking with legislators, the group was invited to be seated in the House and Senate galleries for introductions. Delegate Turpin, a Girl Scout alum, did the honors of introducing Girl Scouts in the House. Senator Cosgrove, who hosted the Girl Scouts’ Open House that morning in the Pocahontas Building, did introductions from the Senate floor.

A tour of the Capitol ended the day for most of the guests, but Chief Executive Officers and Board Chairs, joined by a few staff, stayed to attend a late afternoon Troop Capitol Square reception.

As part of the reception, a pinning ceremony was held to rededicate Girl Scout alum. During the ceremony, the new American Evolution patch was launched. The patch details and requirements can be found on each Council’s website and patches will soon be available for purchase in Council shops.

L to R: Ms. Nikki Williams, Delegate Turpin, Ms. Tracey Keller, Ms. Kristin Ritchey, and Ms.Mary Fuller